July 07, 2012
TMCnet Dark Fiber Week in Review
By Jacqueline Lee
News of a large-scale fiber optic network deployment in China from China Mobile (News - Alert) was just one development in the Dark Fiber community this week. In California, Finisar Corporation acquired outstanding equity interests in RED-C, a Delaware-based corporation that operates from Tel Aviv.
With the acquisition, Finisar hopes to add to its product portfolio RED-C’s amplification solutions like Erbium Doped Fiber amplification, Raman amplification and dynamic hybrid amplification.
A number of companies announced partnerships this week. Belkin has partnered with Airgain to pair Airgain’s antenna systems with Belkin’s line of routers. Sidera Networks (News - Alert), a provider of fiber optic network solutions, is collaborating with Sabey Data Centers to connect its centers in New York, Seattle and Ashburn, Va.
“We are able to take a Sabey data center in New York and one in Seattle and make them feel like the same data center,” explained Sidera president, Clint Heiden (News - Alert). “The theory is that the latency is so low you can back up your data in Washington State where power is 2 cents and have it feel like power in New York where data is 14 cents.”
InfoRelay is using Ekinops optical transport platform to connect its Washington, D.C., area data centers as well as its colocation facilities. The Ekinops 360 deployment will provide transport for gigabit Ethernet, fiber channel and 10G LAN services over a high-capacity fiber optic infrastructure.
In other Dark Fiber news, B&B Electronics Europe deployed a communications network for the grand finale of the Volvo Ocean Race. Consisting of fiber, cellular and wireless components, the communications network connects 10 separate locations to support transactions, Web streaming and television broadcasting.
Back in the U.S., Alpheus Communications (News - Alert) is also expanding its fiber network and workforce so that it can sell high-bandwidth services directly to Texas businesses. Meanwhile, in New Jersey, Cross River Fiber has experienced extraordinary growth. The company claims that it has seen a tenfold expansion in the data center world and is expanding its fiber network to meet demand.
Finally, TMC’s European editor, Bob Emmerson reported on new communications fiber network from AboveNet that provides high-bandwidth connectivity to both businesses and carriers. The network, according to Emmerson, offers bandwidth that scales from 100 MB to 100 GB with ultra low latency.
With fiber, facilities don’t need a backup facility in the vicinity to support low latency for video conferencing and telephony. When employers use AboveNet’s private infrastructure, both storage and virtualization are facilitated. “End-to-end fiber is a game-changing development,” Emmerson wrote. “It changes mindsets as well as performance.”
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